Introduction to Sociology – 2nd Canadian Edition
William Little, University of Victoria
Ron McGivern, Thompson Rivers University
Pub Date: 2016
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This Introduction to Sociology is both extremely comprehensive and well designed. The initial chapters locate sociology as a necessary area of study in an increasingly complex global landscape. The topics cover all aspects of social life and... read more
Quite comprehensive. Each chapter is quite lengthy and not only addresses the standard topics covered in Intro to Soc courses, but goes above and beyond. At first I was concerned that there was no separate chapter on poverty or social class, but... read more
The text has 22 comprehensive chapters, from the opening Introduction to Sociology, through key areas such as Gender and Sex, Race and Ethnicity, Religion, Health and Medicine, etc. Each chapter begins by stating the learning objectives and key... read more
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1. An Introduction to Sociology
- Chapter 2. Sociological Research
- Chapter 3. Culture
- Chapter 4. Society and Modern Life
- Chapter 5. Socialization
- Chapter 6. Groups and Organizations
- Chapter 7. Deviance, Crime, and Social Control
- Chapter 8. Media and Technology
- Chapter 9. Social Inequality in Canada
- Chapter 10. Global Inequality
- Chapter 11. Race and Ethnicity
- Chapter 12. Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
- Chapter 13. Aging and the Elderly
- Chapter 14. Marriage and Family
- Chapter 15. Religion
- Chapter 16. Education
- Chapter 17. Government and Politics
- Chapter 18. Work and the Economy
- Chapter 19. The Sociology of the Body: Health and Medicine
- Chapter 20. Population, Urbanization, and the Environment
- Chapter 21. Social Movements and Social Change
- Chapter 22: Social Interaction
About the Book
Introduction to Sociology adheres to the scope and sequence of a typical introductory sociology course. In addition to comprehensive coverage of core concepts, foundational scholars, and emerging theories, we have incorporated section reviews with engaging questions, discussions that help students apply the sociological imagination, and features that draw learners into the discipline in meaningful ways. Although this text can be modified and reorganized to suit your needs, the standard version is organized so that topics are introduced conceptually, with relevant, everyday experiences.
For the student, this book is based on the teaching and research experience of numerous sociologists. In today's global socially networked world, the topic of Sociology is more relevant than ever before. We hope that through this book, students will learn how simple, everyday human actions and interactions can change the world. In this book, you will find applications of Sociology concepts that are relevant, current, and balanced.
For instructors, this text is intended for a one-semester introductory course and includes these features:
- Sociological Research: Highlights specific current and relevant research studies.
- Sociology in the Real World: Ties chapter content to student life and discusses sociology in terms of the everyday.
- Big Picture: Features present sociological concepts at a national or international level.
- Case Study: Describes real-life people whose experiences relate to chapter content.
- Social Policy and Debate: Discusses political issues that relate to chapter content.
- Section Summaries distill the information in each section for both students and instructors down to key, concise points addressed in the section.
- Key Terms are bold and are followed by a definition in context. Definitions of key terms are also listed in the Key Terms, which appears at the end of each chapter.
- Section Quizzes provide opportunities to apply and test the information students learn throughout each section. Both multiple-choice and short-response questions feature a variety of question types and range of difficulty.
- Further Research: This feature helps students further explore the section topic and offers related research topics that could be explored.
About the Contributors
Dr. William Little is an adjunct assistant professor in Sociology at the University of Victoria where he has taught sociology since 1996. He is also an open learning faculty member in Sociology and Anthropology at Thompson Rivers University. He has taught online open learning courses at TRU since 2011. Dr. Little’s research interests include contemporary social theory, media and popular culture, political violence and neonazism, and the biopolitics of healing practices. His work on neonazism and violence has been published in New German Critique, the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, and in several edited collections.
Ron McGivern is the senior lecturer in Sociology and Associate Dean of Arts at Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia. His work focuses on applied sociology, social marketing, and policy analysis. Mr. McGivern is a champion of open access, open learning, and open scholarship. Most of his courses incorporate free open textbooks or open educational resources in place of published texts. When not “committing sociology”, Mr. McGivern is working on his hobby farm trying to keep up with chickens, ducks, sheep, steers, horses, and grandchildren.